Ashes of Outland

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Kael'thas: Outland... a wild and dangerous world.
Orc: Where you must scavenge what you need to survive!
Maiev: You will find no justice here.
Vashj: Only despair and darkness!
Illidan: But, if you dare enter my realm... YOU ARE NOT-
Felfin: Mgmrglrgr!
Illidan: No that's... not what I was going to say. ...I should've never taught you to demon hunt.

Ashes of Outland is Hearthstone's fourteenth expansion, featuring 135 new collectible cards and the introduction of Hearthstone's first-ever new class, the Demon Hunter. The expansion was released on April 7, 2020.[1]

Set in the alien realm of Outland—the magically shattered remnants of the planet Draenor—the expansion sees Illidan Stormrage and his Illidari disciples contend against the Rusted Legion, a mysterious new foe that has wreaked destruction across Outland and are threatening to conquer the last remnants of civilization on the broken world. Like previous expansions, Ashes of Outland included an expansive single-player adventure. However, unlike the Year of the Dragon adventures, this was completely free.

In addition to introducing the Demon Hunter and their class-specific keyword Outcast, Ashes of Outland also features imprisoned Demonsminions who enter the game in a Dormant state for 2 turns before awakening and unleashing devastating effects—as well as Primes—legendary minions who, upon death, shuffle a mechanically upgraded, extremely powerful version of themselves back into the player's deck.

As the first expansion of 2020, the release of this expansion ended the previous Standard year, the Year of the Dragon, and began the Year of the Phoenix.

How to get

Ashes of Outland cards are available through the following options:

  • Ashes of Outland card packs are purchasable through the Shop, with the usual prices and purchasing options.
  • Ashes of Outland cards are craftable for the usual amounts of Arcane Dust.
  • For as long as Ashes of Outland is the latest expansion, the guaranteed card pack from each Arena run is from the expansion. Once the next expansion comes out, second card packs will have a chance to be Ashes of Outland packs.
  • The Highest Rank Bonus chest has a chance to award golden Ashes of Outland cards.
Pre-order
  • Prior to the expansion's release, players are able to purchase one or both of the following bundles:

Cards

This expansion features 135 collectible cards. To make up for their status as a new class, Demon Hunters received a larger number of Common and Rare cards than other classes. As compensation, there are fewer Neutral cards than in previous sets.[2] Ashes of Outland cards can be recognized with a special watermark (the Dark Portal) behind the card text, not found on other cards.

Neutral

Common (19 cards)
Ethereal Augmerchant(210840).png
Guardian Augmerchant(210786).png
Rocket Augmerchant(210844).png
Soulbound Ashtongue(210832).png
Bonechewer Brawler(210793).png
Imprisoned Vilefiend(211224).png
Rustsworn Initiate(210843).png
Frozen Shadoweaver(210839).png
Overconfident Orc(210789).png
Terrorguard Escapee(210841).png
Burrowing Scorpid(210815).png
Disguised Wanderer(210836).png
Felfin Navigator(210837).png
Rustsworn Cultist(210847).png
Ruststeed Raider(210791).png
Dragonmaw Sky Stalker(210822).png
Scavenging Shivarra(210813).png
Bonechewer Vanguard(210797).png
Supreme Abyssal(210767).png
Rare (3 cards)
Infectious Sporeling(210846).png
Blistering Rot(210858).png
Scrapyard Colossus(210765).png
Epic (3 cards)
Mo'arg Artificer(210701).png
Replicat-o-tron(210761).png
Waste Warden(210814).png
Legendary (5 cards)
Teron Gorefiend(210667).png
Magtheridon(210747).png
Maiev Shadowsong(210742).png
Al'ar(210713).png
Kael'thas Sunstrider(210656).png
Uncollectible
Ashes of Al'ar(211133).png
Hellfire Warder(211140).png
Huntress(211084).png
Impcaster(211049).png
Living Rot(211129).png
Rusted Devil(211086).png
Dragonrider(211131).png
Rustsworn Inquisitor(211132).png
Felcracked Colossus(211083).png

Class cards

Demon Hunter

Crimson Sigil Runner(210787).png
Immolation Aura(210834).png
Netherwalker(210826).png
Spectral Sight(210660).png
Ashtongue Battlelord(210806).png
Fel Summoner(210763).png
Furious Felfin(210664).png
Imprisoned Antaen(210700).png
Skull of Gul'dan(210691).png
Priestess of Fury(210762).png
Coilfang Warlord(210768).png
Warglaives of Azzinoth(210690).png
Pit Commander(210666).png
Kayn Sunfury(210736).png
Metamorphosis(210687).png
Uncollectible
Demonic Blast(211116).png
Demonic Blast(211117).png
Conchguard Warlord(211137).png

Druid

Bogbeam(210824).png
Imprisoned Satyr(210678).png
Overgrowth(210845).png
Ironbark(210764).png
Fungal Fortunes(210659).png
Germination(210752).png
Glowfly Swarm(210771).png
Marsh Hydra(210712).png
Archspore Msshi'fn(210677).png
Ysiel Windsinger(210751).png
Uncollectible
Glowfly(211074).png
Fungal Bruiser(211079).png
Fungal Gargantuan(211080).png
Fungal Guardian(211078).png
Msshi'fn Prime(211075).png
Choice cards
Msshi'fn At'tac(211077).png
Msshi'fn Pro'tec(211076).png

Hunter

Helboar(210835).png
Imprisoned Felmaw(210746).png
Scavenger's Ingenuity(210658).png
Pack Tactics(210823).png
Mok'Nathal Lion(211225).png
Scrap Shot(210819).png
Augmented Porcupine(210734).png
Nagrand Slam(210754).png
Zixor, Apex Predator(210730).png
Beastmaster Leoroxx(210735).png
Uncollectible
Clefthoof(211087).png
Zixor Prime(211097).png

Mage

Incanter's Flow(210800).png
Starscryer(210842).png
Netherwind Portal(210799).png
Font of Power(210792).png
Imprisoned Observer(210681).png
Deep Freeze(210794).png
Apexis Smuggler(210744).png
Apexis Blast(210743).png
Astromancer Solarian(210717).png
Evocation(210741).png
Uncollectible
Solarian Prime(211059).png

Paladin

Aldor Attendant(210757).png
Hand of A'dal(210760).png
Libram of Justice(210755).png
Imprisoned Sungill(210778).png
Libram of Wisdom(210756).png
Aldor Truthseeker(210759).png
Underlight Angling Rod(210711).png
Libram of Hope(210758).png
Murgur Murgurgle(210779).png
Lady Liadrin(210732).png
Uncollectible
Overdue Justice(211053).png
Sungill Streamrunner(211050).png
Ancient Guardian(211056).png
Murgurgle Prime(211054).png

Priest

Imprisoned Homunculus(210801).png
Renew(210817).png
Apotheosis(210830).png
Dragonmaw Sentinel(210802).png
Dragonmaw Overseer(210707).png
Psyche Split(210818).png
Sethekk Veilweaver(210748).png
Skeletal Dragon(210820).png
Reliquary of Souls(210805).png
Soul Mirror(210804).png
Uncollectible
Reliquary Prime(211093).png

Rogue

Spymistress(210825).png
Dirty Tricks(210808).png
Cursed Vagrant(210807).png
Blackjack Stunner(210702).png
Ambush(210657).png
Ashtongue Slayer(210827).png
Bamboozle(210821).png
Greyheart Sage(210785).png
Shadowjeweler Hanar(210715).png
Akama(210728).png
Uncollectible
Broken Ambusher(211123).png
Akama Prime(211125).png
Cursed Shadow(211122).png

Shaman

Marshspawn(210828).png
Serpentshrine Portal(210829).png
Totemic Reflection(210831).png
Bogstrok Clacker(210705).png
Torrent(210703).png
Vivid Spores(210833).png
Boggspine Knuckles(210706).png
Shattered Rumbler(210749).png
Lady Vashj(210683).png
The Lurker Below(210727).png
Uncollectible
Vashj Prime(211063).png

Warlock

Unstable Felbolt(210848).png
Nightshade Matron(210812).png
Hand of Gul'dan(210809).png
Imprisoned Scrap Imp(210716).png
The Dark Portal(210680).png
Enhanced Dreadlord(210838).png
Shadow Council(210704).png
Darkglare(210810).png
Kanrethad Ebonlocke(210811).png
Keli'dan the Breaker(210766).png
Uncollectible
Desperate Dreadlord(211107).png
Kanrethad Prime(211111).png

Warrior

Imprisoned Gan'arg(210849).png
Sword and Board(210788).png
Bonechewer Raider(210790).png
Corsair Cache(210795).png
Scrap Golem(210796).png
Bloodboil Brute(210798).png
Bladestorm(210803).png
Warmaul Challenger(210733).png
Bulwark of Azzinoth(210672).png
Kargath Bladefist(210686).png
Uncollectible
Kargath Prime(211066).png

Themes

Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter promo.jpg

With rending claw, savage glaives, and scorching fel flame, turn the forces of chaos’s own terrible powers against them as the new permanent playable Hero class, the Demon Hunter.[3]

Prime Legendaries

Akama Prime full.jpg

These powerful new class minions won’t go down without a fight... or two. Prime Legendaries shuffle an upgraded version of themselves back into your deck when they die.[3]

Imprisoned Demons

Though unable to act for two turns, Dormant minions tout powerful stats and effects once they escape their ephemeral bonds.[3]

Trailers

Lore

In World of Warcraft

Map of Outland in World of Warcraft.
Concept art of Outland.

From Wowpedia:

Draenor
Draenor, [ˈdɹænɔɹ] called Rakshar ("the Sunstone") by the arakkoa and Dawgar ("the Known Earth") by the ogres, was the homeworld of the orcish race and the last refuge of the draenei before their arrival on Azeroth. It was a large, fertile world dominated by vast plains, dense forests, and lush swamps. Besides the orcs and draenei it was originally home to many other intelligent humanoid races, including the ancient, bird-like arakkoa; the mighty ogres and their brutal gronn masters; and the aggressive tree-men known as botani.
Due to the corruption of fel, during the last days of its life, Draenor was referred to as the Red World. When the orc shaman Ner'zhul recklessly opened dimensional portals to find new worlds to conquer, Draenor was torn apart and believed completely lost. However, a large fragment of the world remained intact. That fragment is known today as Outland.
Outland
Outland (often mistakenly called "Outlands" or "The Outland") is the shattered floating remnants of the destroyed world of Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs and refuge of the draenei. After the sundering of Draenor, Outland was thrown partially towards the Twisting Nether, and is now in a constant state of degradation. It became the domain of the pit lord Magtheridon, who was eventually deposed and replaced by Illidan Stormrage until his death at the Black Temple.
It is the theater of the The Burning Crusade expansion. From a gameplay point of view, Outland used to be accessed from Azeroth through the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands but is now accessible via mage portals in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City.
Outland was created when Draenor became the focus of an attack, via the Dark Portal, of an Alliance expedition aiming to end the orcish threat to Azeroth once and for all. In the midst of the ensuing battle, the elder shaman Ner'zhul attempted to allow the remaining orcs on Draenor to escape to other worlds by opening other dimensional portals; however the presence of so many portals tore the planet apart, launching torn fragments of the former world towards the Twisting Nether, and the barely-habitable remnants were renamed Outland. Most life on Draenor was wiped out in the explosion, and the surviving continent was drastically reshaped; most of the remaining wildlife became sickly or corrupt. Due to the planet's destruction, the barriers between Draenor and the Twisting Nether collapsed, and the shredded reality left open paths to all various corners of the cosmos. Outland had become one of the most important strategic places. Many of Ner'zhul's portals were permanently open and the world now acted as a crossroads for any force that wished to travel quickly from one end of the universe to the other. Despite this plenty of the species on the planet survived, with some even being transformed by the creation of Outland.
Some time after a pit lord named Magtheridon rallied the surviving orcs (with the exception of the Mag'har) and took control of Outland. Using the remaining dimensional gates, he drew demons from the rest of the Twisting Nether to aid him.
The night elf demon Illidan Stormrage and many of the naga and blood elves fled to Outland and succeeded in defeating Magtheridon and conquering the wasteland. After their defeat in Northrend at the hands of Prince Arthas, they returned and established permanent settlements there.
Most draenei that remained in Outland have become horribly mutated, and bear only a passing resemblance to their former selves.
Since then, both the forces of the Light and the Shadow have realized Outland's usefulness. It can serve as a launching pad for the invasions of the Burning Legion, or as the staging ground to the forces who fight against the Legion. In response, both the naaru and the Legion have sent their agents to secure the world for their own purposes.
Now, the Alliance and the Horde must battle the forces of the maddened Illidan and the murderous followers of the Legion to safeguard Azeroth from Kil'jaeden's Burning Crusade.

In Hearthstone

Beyond the Dark Portal, the shattered world of Outland awaits. Ashes of Outland brings Hearthstone players to the memorable setting of World of Warcraft’s first expansion, The Burning Crusade, only to find it has been razed by an unstoppable force for destruction known as the Rusted Legion. These malicious, mechanically enhanced monstrosities have waged a campaign of conquest that has left only a desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland in their wake. Now, the denizens scavenge to survive in the ashes of their broken world.
All hope is not lost, however. The Black Temple stands as the last bastion of civilization in the war-torn realm, where the self-proclaimed lord of Outland, Illidan Stormrage, and his army of Demon Hunters fight to take back their world. Journey through the Dark Portal and lead the charge to save the world in Hearthstone's newest expansion, Ashes of Outland!
Primes
The battlefields of Outland are littered with the remains of would-be heroes and the unrelenting Rusted Legion is raising these fallen warriors for their own twisted purposes. These are Primes—a new kind of Legendary minion Ashes of Outland is introducing to Hearthstone. Primes start off as strong early- or mid-game Legendary minions that hit the board and do their duty, bravely falling in battle to fight for control of the board. When their Deathrattle is triggered, a vastly-upgraded (some may even say completely overpowered) version of themselves is shuffled into your deck. All nine original classes have a unique Prime, like the Legendary Warrior minion Kargath Bladefist. An aggressive 4 mana 4/4 with Rush in his starting form, Kargath upgrades into Kargath Prime, an 8 mana 10/10 with Rush, who grants you 10 Armor whenever he kills an enemy minion.[1]


Solo Adventure

Trial by Felfire map.png

Ashes of Outland is only the beginning. A new, totally free, solo adventure will be coming later in the expansion cycle (around June 10th[citation needed]) Illidan and the Demon Hunters will take the offensive against the Rusted Legion with the fate of Outland hanging in the balance yet again . . . stay tuned![1]

Demon Hunter Prologue

Main article: Demon Hunter Prologue

A tutorial, serving as an instructional manual for the new class.

The Demon Hunter Prologue has the player take control of Illidan Stormrage during the War of the Ancients and learn how he became a demon hunter. It features four bosses, and completing it awards the Demon Hunter class, Demon Hunter basic cards, and Demon Hunter Initiate set.

Trial by Felfire

Main article: Trial by Felfire

Trial by Felfire is the main Ashes of Outland story mode. Players play as Aranna Starseeker, as she travels through Outland saving a band of outcasts from the Rusted Legion and eventually becoming a demon hunter. It features seventeen bosses in the main path, and an additional nine challenge bosses the player must construct a deck against. Completing the main mission awards the Rusted Legion card back, and completing the challenges awards a golden Kael'thas Sunstrider.

History

Teasers and leaks

In February of 2020, several prominent members of the Hearthstone community were invited to a Community Summit where they received a preview of Team 5's plans for upcoming content throughout the year. Although they did not reveal any details, several of the invited members subsequently shared positive reactions to the event on social media.[4][5][6][7]

On March 1, 2020, reddit user "use25" discovered the icon for the then-upcoming Year of the Phoenix on the official Hearthstone website's Ways to Play page. The icon was quickly removed from the site, but the discovery led to widespread fan speculation about the upcoming Standard year.[8]

On March 11th, 2020, the official Hearthstone Twitter account posted a teaser image of Lunara, Morgl the Oracle, and Medivh turned to stone in front of a garden along with the text "A Storm is Coming" and the date March 17.[9] Several notable Hearthstone streamers also posted the image and date with their own variations on the phrase.[10] On March 12, fans discovered that there were several official Hearthstone pre-release events scheduled for April 5th at various Microsoft stores throughout the United States. As previous expansions' pre-release events have typically taken place on the weekend before a Tuesday release, this led to speculation that the next expansion would see a release date of Tuesday, April 7th.[11] On March 13, Blizzard posted a follow-up blog confirming that they would be hosting a reveal live stream with Game Director Ben Lee, Game Designers Chadd Nervig and Dean Ayala, and streamer Brian Kibler in which they would showcase their plans for Hearthstone in 2020 and beyond. The blog further stated that the developers would be showcasing more than ever before.[12]

On March 16th—the day before the expansion's official announcement—Ashes of Outland was accidentally leaked by Polygon, who prematurely released an article containing detailed information about the new expansion, the demon hunter class, and sweeping changes to Basic and Classic priest cards.[13] The article was quickly deleted, but the leak was subsequently widely reported on by fansites and various forums.[14][15]

The Year of the Phoenix was officially announced in a livestream on March 17th. After Ben Lee discussed the new content planned for the Year of the Phoenix, Chadd Nervig and Dean Ayala revealed the new demon hunter class and shared details on the planned changes to the priest class, before finally revealing Ashes of Outland and its trailer.[16] The expansion was showcased in the promotional "Collection Managers" video, a parody of the American reality show Storage Wars in which Dave Kosak and other members of the Hearthstone team discover various artifacts from Outland in a mysterious storage locker.

Trivia

  • Ashes of Outland is the second Hearthstone expansion to be set in Outland, after The Boomsday Project. Unlike Boomsday, Ashes showcases many different regions and aspects of Outland and can be seen as the Hearthstone equivalent to The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft's first expansion.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment (2020-03-17). Announcing Ashes of Outland – Hearthstone's Newest Expansion!. Retrieved on 2020-03-17.
  2. Chadd Nervig on Reddit
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official site - Ashes of Outland. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  4. Frodan on Twitter. (2020-02-19). 
  5. TSM Kripparrian on Twitter. (2020-02-19). 
  6. dreads on Twitter. (2020-02-19). 
  7. Tiago Taparelli on Twitter. (2020-02-19). 
  8. use25 (2020-03-01). Look what I found!. Reddit. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  9. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2020-03-11). 
  10. Robert "Fluxflashor" Veitch (2020-03-11). The Hearthstone 2020 Expansion Teasers have Officially Begun - Announcement Arrives March 17. Out of Cards. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  11. ShadowsOfSense (2020-03-12). Possible Release Date for the Upcoming Hearthstone Expansion Leaked? Eyes On April 7th
  12. Blizzard Entertainment (2020-03-13). Save the Date: Hearthstone 2020 Showcase Coming March 17!. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  13. Cass Marshall (2020-03-16). Hearthstone’s first new class since launch is a game-changer (Archived copy). Polygon. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  14. DiamondsOfFire (2020-03-16). Archived link to the Polygon leak. Reddit. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  15. Robert "Fluxflashor" Veitch (2020-03-16). Ashes of Outland is Hearthstone's Next Expansion - New Demon Hunter Class, Priest Getting Overhaul, See the Demon Hunter Cards. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.
  16. Hearthstone (2020-03-18). Hearthstone 2020 Showcase. YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-03-21.

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